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Jun 16

Looking for Reviews?

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If you are looking for book reviews and recommendations to help you narrow down your next read, please check out these places online:



People magazine book reviews:,,PeoplecomTax:BookReviews,00.html

New York Times book reviews:

Kirkus reviews:


Teen Ink: (books reviewed by teens for teens) (YALSA) (has reviews, recommendations and read-alikes)

Powell's Books: (offers links to book reviews in several newspapers and magazines)


Jun 07

Need Help Using our Online Catalog (Koha)?

Posted by heather in Link of the Month

Just a quick shout-out to Bywater Solutions (who helped us migrate to our new catalog system a couple years ago!) for putting this together:

If you're having issues using our online catalog, please check out their tutorial playlist on YouTube. It covers everything from using the Cart function, renewing items, and placing holds, to setting your privacy options in your account, and making purchase suggestions. An excellent resource!

May 10

Spotlight on Services: Ask-WA, 24/7!

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Did you know we are part of a co-op offering 24/7 online reference (question answering)?

The Columbia County Rural Library District is a member of an international co-op of librarians, who work together to make sure your questions get answered, whenever you ask them! Have a term paper due and can't find that last primary resource? Having trouble getting that ebook downloaded properly and we're closed for the weekend? Need to know where to go for credible medical information? No problem! Inquiring minds want to know, and we are there for YOU.

You can access this FREE library service via our Ask a Librarian page (simply type your question and information into the chat box on the right of the page), or via the official Ask-WA website:

Mar 13


Posted by heather in Link of the Month

Today's Teen Tech Week bit of trivia is a shout-out to the non-profit organization Connect Safely. With all the new forms of social media floating around, it's good to know ways you can keep your data and personal information safer.

Dec 07

Zamzar File Converter

Posted by heather in Link of the Month

A very handy tool for that moment when you realize you need your presentation converted into a different format for the strange computer system you happen to be using... Or when you just want to convert a file to a different format but don't want to download new software.

A Free file converter; You simply select the file you want converted, tell Zamzar what you want it converted to, and give Zamzar your email so they can send you the converted file when they're done.

Nov 02

Squeaky Clean Reads: Link of the Month

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Squeaky Clean Reads is a website specializing in content reviews of books for middle grade (10-14) and teen (14-19) readers. An excellent resource to help the reader (or parent!) find "clean" books.

Regarding their reviews, Squeaky Clean Reads says:

"In our review process, we give an overall review (a review of the book's literary qualities), and then a content review (a discussion of possibly objectionable material found in the book).  We want to let our readers know that our overall reviews and ratings are NOT affected or influenced by the book's content.  We aim to provide a professional, literary review of each book, and then go on to simply provide the book's content for your consideration."

Books are separated into lists organized by star rating, age level, topics (fiction, non-fiction, paranormal, mystery, etc), and the ones that make the cut are put on their Squeaky Clean Book List

Sep 21

Literature Map

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Looking for a new author, but don't want one that's completely different from the stuff you're already reading?

Literature Map generates a visual representation of relationships between authors. The closer names sit together, the more similar their books are.

Aug 26

Shmoop Homework Help

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As schools get ready to get back in session, there are kids everywhere dreading the 'H' word... homework. ;-)

Thankfully, Shmoop is available to help!

From their website:

"Shmoop wants to make you a better lover (of literature, history, poetry and writing). See many sides to the argument. Find your writing groove. Understand how lit and history are relevant today. We want to show your brain a good time. Our mission: To make learning and writing more fun and relevant for students in the digital age."

Aug 09

OneClick Digital -- eAudiobooks from Recorded Books LLC!

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The Columbia County Rural Library District is proud to announce that our new eAudiobook platform, OneClick Digital via the Recorded Books company, is now live!

Audio titles are all iPod and Windows compatible. This is part of a Beta project by Recorded Books to create a better, more reliable product, and therefore, they value your feedback. There are links in the sidebar of the OneClick platform to submit your comments to help them better serve YOU.

The Library has plans to offer some 'getting started' classes this fall on the new platform, however, if you like, in the meantime you can create your new account and experiment with downloading. :)

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